Pandemic Sketchbook: Zinnias, collage

Collage of zinnias
Zinnias, multimedia

Zinnias on my deck, collage and oil pastels.
Underneath the layers of glue and hand painted paper is the television schedule from the newspaper. That little bit of a Pandemic Past-time reference got covered up. Whoops. Can you find the paper towels I use to blot my watercolor brushes? Or the glossy advertisements for patio and landscaping companies? ‘Safer at home in the suburbs’ – maybe that should be the title. Try collage as a ‘way in’ to your artistic subconscious.

Pandemic sketchbook: what’s blooming now?

The flowering trees were beautiful in April and May. I am using my sketchbook to try different mediums and styles. The top painting is a close-up of a dogwood blossom in wet on wet watercolor. The sketch below is done in oil pastels, applied thickly in layers, blended and scratched through with a palette knife .

Dogwood blossom, watercolor painting
Dogwood blossom, watercolor
Tulips and lilac blossoms, oil pastel painting
Tulips and lilacs, oil pastel